Friday evening contest in the Championship...15/12/2017
Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Matt Doherty continuing to catch the eye in the right wing back position, travel to face goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and his Sheffield Wednesday side who have disappointed in recent weeks and are likely to be desperate to turn the corner and restore their promotion ambitions.
More Premier League action set for Wednesday...13/12/2017
James McClean started for West Bromwich Albion who travelled to Liverpool and secured a scoreless draw in the Premier League on Wednesday evening. Newcastle United duo, Ciaran Clark and Rob Elliot were both on the bench for the one nil defeat by visitors Everton. Harry Arter started for AFC Bournemouth who lost to the only goal at Manchester United while Shane Duffy also started for Brighton & Hove Albion in their two nil defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. Young Declan Rice was an unused substitute for West Ham United who played out a scoreless draw with visitors Arsenal. Shane Long was also an unused substitute for Southampton who went down to a four one home defeat by Leicester City at St Marys Stadium.
Premier League action on Tuesday evening...12/12/2017
The Premier League continued on Tuesday evening with Burnley trio, Kevin Long, Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick all in the starting eleven for the visit of Stoke City to Turf Moor. Injury forced Ward off just before the break while Hendrick was substituted on seventy minutes before the 'Clarets' scored another late winner to secure the points and move into fourth place.
Monday evening in the Championship...11/12/2017
Cardiff City, currently lying second in the Championship following four successive victories, scored two late goals to earn a deserved draw with Reading in front of the live Sky TV cameras on Monday evening. Paul McShane and Liam Kelly both started for the 'Royals' at the Madejski Stadium, while Anthony Pilkington was an unused substitutefor the visitors.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...09/12/2017
Declan Rice was an unused substitute for West Ham United who scored the only goal to defeat visitors Chelsea in the Premier League early kick-off. Burnley trio, Stephen Ward, Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long all started the one nil home victory over Watford while Harry Arter was an unused substitute for AFC Bournemouth who drew two each at Crystal Palace. Chris Hughtons' Brighton & Hove Albion, with Shane Duffy in central defence, went down to a two nil defeat at Huddersfield Town. James McClean was a second half substitute for West Bromwich Albion who lost to a late goal at Swansea City. In the late kick-off, Ciaran Clark started for Newcastle United with Rob Elliot an unused substitute for the three two defeat by visitors Leicester City.
Championship action on Saturday afternoon...09/12/2017
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Aston Villa (Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane) playing out a scoreless draw witrh visitors Millwall (Aiden O'Brien) while Derby County (Richard Keogh) secured a three nil victory at Barnsley. Preston North End (Alan Browne, Kevin O'Connor, Daryl Horgan, Andy Boyle) prevailed by two goals to one at Burton Albion (Sean Scannell) with substitute Horgan scoring the second for the 'Lilywhites'. Hull City (David Meyler) defeated visitors Brentford (John Egan) by three goals to two with both on the scoresheet for the 'Bees', Meylers' an own goal. Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) defeated Ipswich Town by two goals to nil while Nottingham Forest (Daryl Murphy, Stephen Henderson) overcame Bolton Wanderers (Josh Cullen) by three goals to two at the City Ground. QPR (Ryan Manning) went down to a three one home defeat by Leeds United (Eunan O'Kane, Conor Shaughnessy) and leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) were held to a scoreless draw by visitors Sunderland (John O'Shea, Aiden McGeady, Darron Gibson, Marc Wilson). The late kick-off saw Norwich City (Wes Hoolihan) defeat Sheffield Wednesday (Keiren Westwood) by three goals to one at Carrow Road.
Championship contest this Friday evening...08/12/2017
Enda Stevens has this season been an ever present left sided wing back for Sheffield United and was again in action for the 'Blades' who lost by two goals to one against fellow Championship high flyers Bristol City at Bramall Lane this Friday evening. Stevens has maintained a consistent level of performance and must be a candidate for inclusion in our next international squad. Samir Carruthers was again a very late substitute for the 'Blades'. Meanwhile 'The Robins' Callum O'Dowda underwent ankle surgery on the 1st December and is expected to be out of action for eight to ten weeks.
Robbie Brady set for lengthy injury absence...07/12/2017
The knee injury sustained by Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady at Leicester City on Saturday last has been diagnosed as a patellar tendon tear and Robbie will shortly undergo surgery to repair the damage. He will be absent for a substantial recovery period and is not expected to return to action before the end of the current season.
Injury victims Judge and Walters set to return...07/12/2017
Brentford midfielder Alan Judge, absent through a double leg break injury for more than a year, returned to action and scored for his clubs U23 side on Monday afternoon. Close season Burnley acquisition Jonathan Walters has also returned to training following injury and may be in contention to join the matchday squad for the visit of Watford on Saturday.
UEFA Underage draws made in Nyon today...06/12/2017
The draws for both the Elite Stage of the 2018 UEFA U17 and U19 Championships and the preliminary round draws for the 2019 competitions were made at UEFA Headquarters this Wednesday morning. Our U19s will meet mini-tournament hosts Portugal together with Kosova and Slovakia in Group Five of the Elite Stage while our U17 side will travel to Poland where they will be joined by Georgia and FYR Macedonia in Group Three. Both sets of qualifiers are set to take place between the 21st March and the 27th March 2018. The draw for the qualifying rounds of the 2019 competitions was also made and sees Ireland grouped with Holland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Faroe Islands in Group Ten at U19 level. Ireland will host the Group between the 10th October and the 16th October 2018. Ireland will host the sixteen team 2019 U17 Finals during May 2019 and qualify automatically.
UEFA Womens' Underage draws made in Nyon...05/12/2017
The draws for both the Elite Stage of the 2018 UEFA U17 and U19 Womens' Championships and the preliminary round draws for the 2019 competitions were made at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon last week. Our U19 Women will face Austria, Spain and Turkey at the Elite Stage which will be hosted by Ireland from the 2nd April to the 8th April 2018. Our U17 Women will travel to Germany for their Elite Stage contests against Azerbaijan, Iceland and the hosts between the 22nd March and the 28th March 2018.
Monday evening in the Championship...04/12/2017
Current Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, for whom Matt Doherty successfully occupied the right wing back position, made the short journey to Birmingham City and secured a further three points with a one nil victory this Monday evening. Midfielder Stephen Gleeson was a second half substitute for the hosts and made a positive impact.
Premier League contest on Sunday afternoon...03/12/2017
The Premier League contest between current leaders Manchester City and West Ham United on Sunday afternoon saw the hosts come from behind to earn a two one victory over the visiting 'Hammers' for whom young Declan Rice was in the starting eleven.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League...02/12/2017
Newcastle United duo, Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark journied to Chelsea in the Premier League early on Saturday afternoon where they went down to a three one defeat with Elliot an unused substitute. Chris Hughtons' Brighton & Hove Albion, with Shane Duffy in central defence, were crushed five one by visitors Liverpool at the Amex Stadium while the Burnley trio of Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward started the one nil defeat at Leicester City with injury forcing the withdrawal of Brady on thirty one minutes. The seemingly perennial substitute James McClean was again introduced from the West Bromwich Albion bench on seventy two minutes of the scoreless draw with visitors Crystal Palace.
Championship action on Saturday afternoon...02/12/2017
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Derby County skippered by Richard Keogh, just about recovering from their midweek home defeat by Ipswich Town, with a one nil victory over struggling Burton Albion at Pride Park. Mick McCarthys' Ipswich Town continued their winning way with a four two victory over Nottingham Forest (Daryl Murphy, Stephen Henderson) at Portman Road while Millwall (Aiden O'Brien) defeated Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers) by three goals to one at The Den. Preston North End, for whom Alan Browne started but was withdrawn at half-time while Kevin O'Connor joined the fray for the second period, scored a late winner to defeat, QPR at Deepdale while Sheffield Wednesday (Keiren Westwood) were held to a two all draw by visitors Hull City at Hillsborough. The Stadium of Light hosted the three one defeat of hosts Sunderland (John O'Shea, Marc Wilson, Aiden McGeady, Darron Gibson) by visitors Reading (Paul McShane, Liam Kelly).
Senior Women equal to Dutch challenge...28/11/2017
Having opened their 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign with two fine away victories over Northern Ireland and Slovakia, our senior women faced the daunting task of European Champions Holland in a third consecutive away encounter in Nijmegen this Tuesday evening and a magnificent defensive display earned them a goal less draw. Injury and a personal situation ruled out six front line players, Megan Campbell, Ruesha Littlejohn, Aine O'Gorman, Claire O'Riordan, Stephanie Roche and Claire Walsh, making an already formidable challenge even more arduous in front of a 12,000 sell-out crowd in the De Goffert Stadium.